The Ins and Outs of Tooth Extractions

Pulling a tooth can seem like a drastic treatment. Many people are nervous at the thought of losing a tooth, especially in adulthood. Losing a tooth can impact how you eat and speak, and doesn’t always look the best. For some problems, however, it really is the best option. Drs. Brent Engelberg and Josh Oleari have years of experience to make your extraction as easy and as comfortable as possible.

Do I Need a Tooth Extraction?

Tooth extractions are a last-choice treatment. Sometimes, however, they really are the best or even only option. We recommend pulling a tooth to treat:

  • Severe tooth decay or infection
  • Advanced gum disease
  • A tooth blocking the growth of another tooth
  • Wisdom teeth that are impacted or causing crowding

What to Expect

In most cases, a tooth extraction is quick and requires only local anesthetic. Downtime is minimal and you can drive yourself to and from your appointment. If visiting the dentist’s office makes you nervous, or especially if you don’t like the idea of being awake during your surgery, ask about sedation dentistry.

The tooth will be removed, and sometimes your dentist will use a few stitches at the extraction site. Once your gums have healed, we can discuss replacement options, such as implants, dentures, or bridges.

Schedule a Consultation

Have you been avoiding the dentist because you think you might need an extraction? Tooth extractions are a quick and easy procedure. To schedule a consultation, contact AH Smiles in Arlington Heights, IL online or at (847) 230-9703.